Akademik Shokalskiy

M/V Akademik Shokalskiy along with Spirit of Enderby is one of just two remaining 50 passenger Russian Research ships-the smallest of the ice-strengthened polar ships in operation. In Aqua-Firma’s pioneering days of polar travel our experiences of guiding and exploring Antarctica and the Arctic were forged on these compact, functional and friendly expedition vessels.

The focus of all voyages aboard Akademik Shokalskiy is to make as many onshore landings as possible.  Experienced naturalists and on board guides will share their knowledge and ignite your passion for the Polar Regions through informative lectures and escorted landings. 

Originally designed and built in Finland for polar and oceanographic research in 1984, Shokalskiy is capable of reaching the nooks and crannies that many larger ships cannot.  She is equipped with a small fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, facilitating onshore landings and deeper exploration of polar landscapes and its wildlife.

Please click on any side photo to view ships gallery.


    71 metres


    10 knots cruising speed

  Ice Class:

    Russian Register KM Ice Class (1A)



  Staff &         Crew:     


    Main Deck Triple Cabins (shared bathroom)
    - 2 x lower berths & 1 upper berth & washbasin

    Main Deck Twin Cabins (shared bathroom)
    - 2 x lower berths & washbasin

    Superior Twin Cabins (en-suite bathroom)
    - bunked

    Superior Plus Twin Cabins (en-suite bathroom)
    - 2 x lower berths

    Mini Suites (en-suite bathroom)
    - 1 x double bed & separate lounge with sofa

    Suites (en-suite bathroom)
    - 1 x double bed & separate lounge with sofa & large forward & side     facing windows

Two dining rooms with unreserved seating serve buffet-style breakfast with table  service; table-service lunch and dinner with main course choices, all from a daily changing  menu.  Cakes are served mid-afternoon, while coffee and tea is available 24 hours a day from a self-serve station.

Other  public  areas  include a lounge bar, which is open from late afternoon/evening, serving a wide selection of wines and spirits. The presentation room is ideal for evening talks and group discussions.  There is also a well stocked library, providing a collection of polar themed books, sauna and medical office.

  • M/V Shokalskiy
  • Shokalskiy sailing through ice
  • Shokalskiy Bar
  • Shokalskiy Bar & Library
  • Shokalskiy Heritage Suite
  • Shokalskiy Deck Plan
  • Shokalskiy & Adelie Penguin
  • Shokalskiy Main Deck Cabin
  • Shokalskiy Mini Suite 517
  • Shokalskiy Main Deck Triple Cabin
  • Shokalskiy Superior Cabin
  • Shokalskiy Superior Plus Cabin
  • Shokalskiy Lecture Theatre
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